More than a few people are happy to exit 2009. It was a year to hunker down and grit your way through an ugly economy that hammered savings, home values, and jobs. And there were the poisonous politics on Capitol Hill and a deepening war in Afghanistan, just to recap some highlights. Turn out the lights and pass the champagne, if you can afford it. So what's next? Will things be brighter in 2010? The economy remains the biggest question mark. Will we see job growth or a second downturn? Already the international scene looks perilous with an aborted terrorist bombing and a bellicose Iran closing the year. On the politics front, it's an election year. Will the GOP regain Congress? Share your predictions with us below or at firstname.lastname@example.org.